Applications due Oct. 15 for U.S. magistrate judge position
• Opening created by December 2012 retirement of Judge P. Michael Mahoney
Online Staff Report
CHICAGO — Chief Judge James F. Holderman has announced that the U.S. District Court Clerk’s Office has applications for the position of United States magistrate judge available online. Deadline for application is 4:30 p.m., Oct. 15.
The court expects, subject to Judicial Conference and Circuit Council approval, that one vacancy will exist for the position of United States magistrate judge later this year, following the retirement of Magistrate Judge P. Michael Mahoney in December 2012.
Chief Judge Holderman intends to appoint a Merit Selection Panel that will screen the candidates and make recommendations to the district judges in January 2013. This is a full-time position with an eight-year term of office and a duty station at the Stanley J. Roszkowski Courthouse in Rockford.
The duties of the position of a United States magistrate judge include conducting most preliminary proceedings in federal criminal cases, the trial and disposition of federal misdemeanor cases as well as civil cases upon consent of the litigants, conducting various civil pretrial matters, such as settlement conferences and other proceedings on reference from the district judges of the court.
To qualify for appointment as a United States magistrate judge, an applicant must be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years. The applicant must be less than 70 years of age, and may not be related to a judge of the district court.
Posted Oct. 10, 2012
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